Where will RB Chris Johnson play next?

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Running back Chris Johnson is expected to pick his new team within the next week.  So where will he end up?  From the chatter on the internet, here’s some unlikely and likely spots.

Saint Louis Rams — Johnson’s former coach Jeff Fisher is now in Saint Louis but it sounds as if the Rams coach won’t be reuniting with his old player.  While it’s classified as “not impossible” but there’s little interest … understandable what with Zac Stacy firmly entrenched with the Rams poised for a big season. — HIGHLY UNLIKELY

chrisjohnson.jpgDallas Cowboys — Despite early reports to the contrary, it looks as if the Cowboys are not serious about pursuing Chris Johnson according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  – HIGHLY UNLIKELY

Buffalo Bills — The Bills were considered “top suitors” in trade talks prior to his release by the Titans, but now that is being refuted. The Bills were called to make the Titans look better, according to Tim Graham the level of interest wasn’t all that high.  Regardless, now that he’s been released it would seem an odd move for Johnson to go to Buffalo with CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson already in the backfield.   Now that the Bills have traded for troubled Bucs WR Mike Williams, the team might not have the bandwidth to consider adding Johnson as well.  – HIGHLY UNLIKELY

Miami Dolphins — The Dolphins were also in on trade talks, so could they be serious about adding him now that he is a free agent?  The Miami backfield is a mess and while the team has signed Knowshon Moreno, is the matter settled?  While Knowshon will compete for touches, Johnson seems able to step into the team as a starter.  Beyond Moreno, the problem of course is the offensive line.  Despite the complications, could the allure of all that is South Beach entice Johnson to head to Florida? – LIKELY

New York Jets — The Jets were said to be interested in adding CJ but were slow to contract Johnson’s people, if at all.  There’s a lot of silence around the Jets dealings with Johnson which is hard to interpret.  The Jets could do well to add a durable playmaker like Johnson to the team but don’t seem to be in a rush to do it. – LIKELY

Atlanta Falcons — The Falcons discussed trading for Johnson and adding him would increase the depth of the Falcons backfield exponentially and give the Falcons a 1 / 1A situation between Steven Jackson and Chris Johnson.  While both are aging players, there’s still some gas left in the tank and when Jackson inevitably has to sit, Johnson would be right there.  The Falcons have a solid offense all around with one of the best players in the game in Julio Jones … Johson could make himself a part of a resurging Falcons team at the right time. – VERY LIKELY


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297 comments
a57se
a57se

Unless we are signing Chris Johnson to come in and be our featured back, it would not be wise to bring him in. We are currently paying approximately $3.9 million to our three RB's COMBINED. Why would we pay a situational guy MORE then the other three combined?

I also think at 28, he is not worth signing as our featured back.

If we were a third down back away from competing for the SB, I'd go for it with him but we're not and it would be counter to Idzik's plan of building for sustainable success to bring him in.


Pat d
Pat d

How much is Chris Johnson's contract likely to be. That is my reservation with him. Plus once he got the big contract he played like a big turd.

a57se
a57se

Mark Brunell apparently feels that the Broncos upgraded at WR when they replaced Decker with Sanders.......if that is true then the Jets really did overpay for Decker as Bill Polian said last week.

a57se
a57se

OK, what is the story?

NFL.com doesn't list Chris Johnson as being a free agent but both CBS and ESPN show Johnson having been released last Friday........

It is now past 4:00 p.m. so that means what?? What is Johnson's status? Does ANYONE know?

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

ODB/Cooks + Niklas/Amaro in rounds 1 & 2 = Happy Dance

a57se
a57se

Hmmmm...Brandon Thomas, LT for Clemson, tore his ACL pre-draft training last week. Won't be available to play this season.

He was seen as a sleeper T who might have gone in the first round. I wonder how far he will fall before someone pulls the trigger on him?

If he is still on the board in the 4th round, I'd take a flyer.

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@a57se  you bring him in and cut Goodson. You bring him in because he fills a hole at RB for catching and running routes out of the backfield. he also adds a lot of speed to the offense. Very simple to understand

Brendan
Brendan

@Pat d  I would guess 2 years $8 million, $5 million guaranteed.

boomer
boomer

@a57se  Bill Polian rated Decker higher than he did Sanders.  He also gave Ford the same rating he gave Sanders. Think I'll go with the guy who not only got paid to evaluate talent he was one of the best GMs in the business.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  Mark Brunell said something on the television!? 


#FireIdzik

WW85
WW85

@a57se  Doesn't Rex's son play for Clemson? Maybe Rex has seen him up close?

a57se
a57se

@boomer @a57se 

Fair enough but Polian is on record as saying the Jets overpaid for Decker...... something I thought at the time of the signing as he hadn't had another offer as far as we knew.

a57se
a57se

@williamg1 @a57se 

I guess NFL.com is useless as the transaction still doesn't appear there......

jma020
jma020

@a57se @MeAtBaLLPaRmX  I like the WR, TE combo as well.  What do you think if Ebron is available?  Do you like the combo of Ebron +  Matthews/Adams/Robinson.  Over the WR in first TE in 2nd or 3rd?

a57se
a57se

@WW85 @a57se 

Yes.

I don't know how good Rex is at judging O'line talent.

madbacker
madbacker

@a57se @juunit @Brendan  he's a tweener right now, his speed is excellent but at 6-6'1 230ish, he is a pure cover LB or a big safety. Would be an interesting sub for Harris/groomed into that role. OR a big SS like Allen and Dwan/LeRon. Youth & Speeds is ALWAYS good for D so why not!

a57se
a57se

@juunit @Brendan 

Jets have shown a lot of interest in this guy...hopefully we can get him.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Awesome, pretty jealous. Throw me some tickets if it happens please lol.

juunit
juunit

@Brendan @juunit 

Well, yeah, good player, fills a need, etc. But I've known him since I was about 10. I'll never be a Jet, but if my friend can, that's the next best thing. 

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude @a57se 

I don't like trying to predict contracts and did so only because it was required so I went with the flow...something I am usually loathe to do because God gave me a brain to use rather than rely on others opinions.

The group was obviously wrong, as well as a bunch of so-called experts. 


Let me ask you a question, why is it OK to question the judgment of people who say things you don't like but wrong for me to question Idzik's judgment?


Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@a57se @bklyndude let's wait for it to be correct before assuming it is.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude  

According to Bent during the predictions phase of TJB contest,  he said most fans predicted the total contract Eric Decker would receive from an NFL team exceeded what he received from the Jets.  Which of course means most fans think Idzik did a good job signing Decker.

But you take it as an opportunity to pat yourself on the back and say Idzik has a deficiency in properly evaluating talent.   There are many people who think some of the contracts he did pass on were excessive. Maybe they were,  maybe there weren't,   there just opinions.  We will get to see a lot of DRC in the local tv market and see if he lives up to his contract or not.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude @a57se 

Thinking we might have over paid for a player is not being upset with Idzik over it.

I think it is another indication of Idzik's deficiency in properly evaluating talent. I am certainly not upset about that, but it is not good for the team I love if correct.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude  

Fair enough but Polian is on record as saying the Jets overpaid for Decker...... something I thought at the time of the signing as he hadn't had another offer as far as we knew.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude  

You are sounding more and more like brendan....please show me where I ever said I am upset with Idzik over paying anyone?

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @boomer  

Now you are upset with Idzik for over paying somebody.......what a joke.  You've been killing him because you said he has been under valuing free agents and doesn't know the market.  He finally pays for the best WR on the market to what most people feel was a decent contract and you are taking a minority opinion of Bill Polian to bash John Idzik.  

Only in your world can you have it both ways.

madbacker
madbacker

@jaygo @Brendan @a57se  That isn't a helpful link, you are comparing a wr playing with PEYTON MANNING to a wr playing without PEYTON MANNING. Just a hunch but i would think they would say to start Stephen Hill if he was catching passes from PEYTON MANNING!

a57se
a57se

@jaygo

OK and who do you think they will be recommending to start this year?

Geno + Decker or Manning + Sanders?

a57se
a57se

@jaygo @a57se 

Fair enough questioning his judgment, but so did I in my original comment.

Questioning someones judgment is a lot different than just dismissing them because you don't like what they said.

jma020
jma020

@a57se @Brendan  The same Mark Brunel who always supported Sanchez.  

Also, you don't get to post something on a public forum and then decide who gets to respond.

a57se
a57se

@jaygo

What does someones' financial decisions have to do with their Football acumen?

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I agree. I can still question his opinion when I think it's made based on a hunch rather than any factual support whatsoever. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

I think brunell has forgotten more about Football then you will ever know.........

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Decker was a better receiver on deep balls, which is what Sanders is supposed to be best at. He doesn't run better routes, he drops less passes, but also gets to less balls (lower catch rate). He's not a better blocker, which seems to be a priority for the team. 


You can just dismiss my comments because they're mine if you want, but Brunnell's comments are not based in fact, just his gut. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Oh, should I pretend panic because Brunell thinks a guy who was worse than Decker in almost every statistical measure last year is an upgrade? I suppose that would add something to the discussion. 

jma020
jma020

@a57se @MeAtBaLLPaRmX  I agree for the most part.  I just think Ebron has the highest ceiling of any of the players we've been discussing.  I can see ODB/Cooks each being solid WRs where Ebron may be a dominant force.  Either combination works for me.  

a57se
a57se

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX  

There are differences in the players that make the comparison difficult. 

Niklas is an in-line TE (70% of his college snaps) while Ebron is more of a move TE.

Niklas will bring a lot more to the running game then Eborn. If he develops like projected, he will also bring  quality to the passing game.

Beckham is a different kind of receiver than Matthews/ Adams/ Robinson as well. Beckham is more of the traditional WCO WR who can beat you on the short breaking routes and the long routes that MM likes to throw in there.

The other receivers project more towards being similar to Decker. Beckham would be replacing Holmes.

Nothing wrong with either but what is best for the Jets?

To me, Beckham plus Niklas is >>> Ebron plus any other WR for the JETS offense.

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

I love Ebron, but I think ODB is too good to pass up. I think you can get great production out of Niklas. Either scenario works for me

a57se
a57se

@levi @a57se 

Didn't think I needed it with all the exclamation points and question marks.

levi
levi

@a57se  No Rex only scouted the good players we drafted Tanny did the rest of them.


You forgot your smiley face at the end.

a57se
a57se

@levi @a57se 

Really???

I thought Rex did all the scouting by himself!

Thanks for enlightening me!!!

levi
levi

@a57se  Luckily he has scouts to help out with that.